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Many Montreal Canadiens prospects had strong 2013-14 seasons

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Charles Hudon - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Forward Charles Hudon had a strong 2013-14 season in the QMJHL, managing 26 goals and 50 assists in 57 games. Hudon was traded in January from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The 2013-14 season saw solid improvement and excellent development across the Montreal Canadiens prospect pool. Michael Bournival made the jump to the NHL level this season while Nathan Beaulieu, Louis Leblanc, and Jarred Tinordi saw more time with the parent club this year.

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San Jose Sharks maintain large group of NCAA prospects

by Craig Fischer
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Sean Kuraly - Miami (Ohio) University RedHawks

Photo: Sean Kuraly had a breakout sophomore season for Miami in 2013-14, finishing third on the team with 29 points in 38 games (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

In recent years, the San Jose Sharks have become big-time players in the NCAA. Not only have they been victors in the free agent signing frenzy for the past few seasons, adding significant pieces to their prospect pool, but they seem to be drafting an increased number of young players choosing to take the college route for their developmental needs, especially in the later rounds of the draft.

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Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Year, 2014

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Teuvo Teravainen - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Prior to joining the Chicago Blackhawks at the tail end of the 2013-14 regular season, Teuvo Teravainen was a standout in Finland’s Liiga, where he managed 44 points in 49 games. Teravainen was also a key part of Finland’s gold medal team at the 2014 World Junior Championship. (courtesy of Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

The hockey world saw many fantastic individual performances over the course of the 2013-14 season. Few, however, rivaled the performance of forward Teuvo Teräväinen (CHI), who is the Hockey's Future 2014 Prospect of the Year.

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On the Rush, April 2014

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Shayne Gostisbehere - Union Dutchmen

Photo: Union College defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere raised his stock dramatically in 2013-14 with a superb regular season and dominant playoff run for the National Champions (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Welcome to the April 2014 edition of On the Rush. With the postseason underway, this will be the final column for the 2013-14 season. As such, this edition will focus on prospects at various levels of competition who exceeded expectations or fell behind a bit over the course of the entire season.

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Rychel, Wennberg among Columbus Blue Jackets prospects who had strong 2013-14 seasons

by Richard Greco
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Joonas Korpisalo - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo bounced around Europe for much of the 2013-14 season before finally settling down with Ilves. Korpisalo was selected 62nd overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After selecting eight players in the 2013 NHL Draft, it was exciting as ever to watch some of the Columbus Blue Jackets prospects bloom. Kerby Rychel and Oliver Bjorkstrand put together tremendous years at the Canadian major junior level, while Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano got their skates under them in Europe.

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Riley Barber highlights Washington Capitals collegiate prospect pool

by Josh Buckingham
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Travis Boyd - Minnesota Golden Gophers

Photo: Forward Travis Boyd had a breakout junior season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, managing nine goals and 23 assists through 41 games. Boyd was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

In recent years the Washington Capitals have shown a tendency of drafting college-bound players in the later rounds thanks to their ability to retain the rights of these prospects for longer than if they drafted a player out of Canadian major juniors.

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Nashville Predators have promising prospects in Europe and NCAA ranks

by Tony Piscotta
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Jimmy Vesey - Harvard Crimson

Photo: Jimmy Vesey was Harvard’s leading scorer in 2013-14 with 13 goals and 22 points in 31 games for the Crimson (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators entered the 2013 NHL Draft with ten draft picks — selecting four players from Europe including a pair of goalies — and then taking a seventh-round flier on University of North Dakota-bound forward Wade Murphy with a seventh-round pick.

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Haula earns Prospect of the Year award for Minnesota Wild

by Peter Prohaska
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Erik Haula - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Rookie pro Erik Haula turned an injury call-up into more than half a season in St. Paul with the Wild (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

By way of reintroducing the good people of Des Moines to professional hockey, the Wild fell well short of making a splash this season. In the NHL, a playoff berth and first-round series win over Central Division winner Colorado are real accomplishments, but there were moments of intense growing pains.

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